Davids Sand Sample Collection

Collected from 2001 through 2007


I don't know if you can call this a craft, which takes skill. Or a hobby which is something I like to do for fun in my spare time. It all started when I collected some sand from White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. This is not sand at all but white gypsum dunes. Then as we crossed the lower 48 I started collecting small portions of sand from lakes, dunes, beaches and other places. Then I had to find small bottles that were the uniform and make a display case for the samples. I made the first sample display case in Florida. Then as we traveled and found and collected more interesting sand in other parts of the U.S. I had to expand my display case by adding two sides which hinged together to fold in. After I filled all the holes we traveled to Alaska where I could have gotten samples from the Yukon River bank on the Daulton Highway or more. I finally settled on a sample of glacier sand on the Homer Spit which was 100,000 years ago, a glacier. Now I have to remove one of my other specimens because there is no more room in the display case. Well I had two samples from Lake Superior so one of them was replaced with the sand from Homer and I stopped collecting samples. Otherwise I could have a whole room full of samples. But it was fun and it is amazing how much different sand is from one place to another.

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Finished display case with 42 sand samples from Alaska to Mexico and from California to Maine. Collected from Beaches, sand dunes, lakes and other fun places.

This is the one that started my collection.

This is the one that ended my collection.

From the beach in California.

To the beach in Maine.

To South Beach in Florida.

Lake Ontario.

Lake Erie.

Lake Huron.

Lake superior.

Lake Michigan.

Lake Champlain.

Lake Ponchartrain.

Arches Nat'l Park.

Garden of the Gods.

Ash from Mt. St. Helens.

Boca Chica where the Rio Grande meets the Gulf of Mexico.

Loss Hills only found from Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota and China.

Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

Bruneau Sand Dunes in Nevada.

Yuma Sand Dunes in California.

Oregon Sand Dunes.

Great Sand Dunes in colorado.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes in Utah.

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